• Tony Liu

Do you know how to avoid a data breach?

Updated: May 12, 2021

A lot of noise was made when the Notifiable Data Breaches Act came into effect in February 2018. But do you really understand what the law means and the consequences if you’re found to have suffered a data breach?

Download the Datto Notifiable Data Breaches White Paper to learn:

  • What is the Notifiable Data Breach Act?

  • What is considered a data breach?

  • What happens after a data breach?

And more !

What is a Data Breach?

To define data breach: a data breach exposes confidential, sensitive, or protected information to an unauthorized person. The files in a data breach are viewed and/or shared without permission.Anyone can be at risk of a data breach — from individuals to high-level enterprises and governments. More importantly, anyone can put others at risk if they are not protected.

In general, data breaches happen due to weaknesses in:

  • Technology

  • User behavior

As our computers and mobile devices get more connective features, there are more places for data to slip through. New technologies are being created faster than we can protect them.Devices in the IoT sector are proof that we are increasingly valuing convenience over security. Many “smart home” products have gaping flaws, like lack of encryption, and hackers are taking advantage.

Since new digital products, services, and tools are being used with minimal security testing, we’ll continue to see this problem grow. However, even if the backend technology was set up perfectly, some users will likely still have poor digital habits. All it takes is one person to compromise a website or network.

Without comprehensive security at both the user and enterprise levels, you are almost guaranteed to be at risk.Protecting yourself and others starts with understanding how a data breach occurs.

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